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21/01/1973 Eldfell eruption

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1973 Iceland Volcanic Eruption

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Season of Fire: 1973 Iceland Volcanic Eruption

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Heyr himna smiður - 'Eldfjall' opening credits - 1973 Heimaey eruption

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Destructive Volcano eruption in Heimaey Iceland in January 1973

Eldfell is a volcanic cone just over 660 ft high on the Icelandic island of Heimaey. Its eruption caused a crisis for the island and almost led to its permanent evacuation. The volcanic ash destroyed around 400 homes. After the eruption, the islanders used heat from the cooling lava flows to generate electricity.
    • Essentials 

    • Background 

    • The eruption begins 

    • Evacuation 

    • Lava-cooling operations 

    • Heimaey since the eruption